By Melissa McCaghren
The Roosevelt Eagles continued their strong winning season by defeating the Reagan County Owls 57-0 in week two of their District.
Head Coach Matt Landers said he was proud of how the team performed Friday, crediting past weeks too in helping them excel. “We struggled a little bit last week against a good Stanton team and was proud of the way they came out this week and competed,” he said.
“Reagan County has a really good defensive line that gave us some trouble throughout the game, but I am pleased of the way our players adjusted and kept competing throughout the game. Our defense really stepped up again and I am really excited of the way they have been performing.”
Quarterback Jacob Torrez completed one of three passes for 12 yards, one resulting in a touchdown. He also had 12 carries for 202 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.8 yards a carry.
Other top rushers included Alex Trevino (14 carries 176 yards and a touchdown), Kenyon Taylor (three carries for 52 yards and a touchdown), Jonathan Rivero (five carries for 10 yards), Zack Bryant (one carry for 11 yards), Angle Olivares (nine carries for 37 yards), Calvin Murphy (one carry for two yards) and Gabe Rodriguez (three carries for 14 yards).
Taylor received a catch for 12 yards and a touchdown.
On the night, the Eagles had 526 total yards offense with 48 rushing attempts for 504 yards.
Defensively, the team had 38 total tackles, with two sacks, seven tackles for a loss, a pass break up, two interceptions – one a touchdown, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Now the team plays Abernathy Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Abernathy.
Landers said he’s excited about the game as well as the rest of the District season. “We are 2-0 in District currently. We have some really good teams coming up with Abernathy, Coahoma and Idalou. All three are really good teams that are well coached and have really good players,” he said.
“Right now, we are just focused on the next opponent and taking it one week at a time.”
That said, he’s thankful for the team’s health during a COVID season that has postponed or canceled games for other schools.
“The number one thing we are looking forward to is just another opportunity to be able to play on a Friday night. We have been very blessed so far to be able to play seven games and we are excited to be able to go compete,” said Landers.
“This will be a really good challenge for our kids and a great opportunity to compete with an elite team like Abernathy. We are looking forward to it.”